In Brief: Senate relaxes restaurants and bar coronavirus restrictions

Groups of up to six, from different households, will now be able to share a table without observing a minimum distance.

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By Dina Elsayed and Kate Brady

Restaurant guests in Berlin can get cozy again, as the Senate agreed on Tuesday, on further easing some coronavirus restrictions.

Berlin Economics Senator Ramona Pop said that groups of up to six people will be allowed to share a table without observing the minimum distance of 1.5-meters, or roughly five feet.

This had previously only been possible for partners or people living in the same household. Guests will also be allowed to sit at bars and counters again.

The new relaxed measures will not apply to clubs, which remain closed.

Pop says the minimum distance there cannot be observed to begin with.

Check here for up-to-date information regarding the management of COVID-19 in Berlin.


The suspect in an attempted anti-Semitic attack in Halle went on trial in Magdeburg on Tuesday.

Nine months ago, on Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, the 28-year-old suspect, identified as Stephan B., tried to force his way into a synagogue. After failing to shoot through the door, he shot dead a passerby and a man in a kebab shop.

The attack shocked Germany as one of the most violent anti-Semitic acts in the country’s post war history.

Stephan B., who livestreamed the attack, is charged with two counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say he acted on anti-Semitic and racist motives, after self-radicalizing online.

The trial is being held at the district court in Magdeburg and scheduled to last until mid-October.

If convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to life imprisonment.


Berlin’s International Film Festival, the Berlinale, has lost one of its biggest sponsors: car manufacturer Audi.

According to public broadcaster rbb, the German car manufacturer ended the long time sponsorship to focus on “digitalization and sustainability.”

Audi sponsored the Berlinale’s prizes for seven years and provided the festival with a fleet of 270 cars every year, driving actors to red carpet events.

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